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Archive for January, 2012

Freeflow Spas Purchased By Hot Spring Spas

January 11th, 2012 by

The news came out a couple weeks ago that the largest Hot Tub maker purchased one of the smaller Hot Tub makers in the industry.

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Why? A couple of reasons; Freeflow Spas are roto-molded and thus, they are less expensive to make. Therefore, Hot Spring now can offer their dealers an entry level price point spa.

Rumors have it that many Hot Spring dealers were starting to sell the Freeflow product over the last two years, so in a sense, they bought the company that was starting to give them competition for floor space.

The second reason is Costco. In 2011, the major portion of the Freeflow volume was sold to Costco.

The type of product Freeflow makes is perfect for mass merchants, light, durable, and lower priced. By buying Freeflow, Hot Spring now has a product that is well suited to the channel and has the best mass merchant for hot tubs, Costco. The mass merchant channel is important in a time where traditional brick and mortar spa dealers are shrinking.

Time will tell if Hot Spring is really committed to the mass channel as they might be just waiting for the new product to grow with their current dealer channel and then pull out of Costco when they no longer need the sales to justify the purchase.

What is logical to assume is they (Hot Spring) will be in Costco for 2012 for they need the revenue in the short term to justify the big money they paid for Freeflow. Rumors have Hot Spring/Watkins paying about $6+ million for the company, based on $10M in sales.

The bottom line is this is good for everyone, Hot Spring will increase the volume, Costco will enjoy having a bigger supplier with better marketing support. The dealers will enjoy having a entry level product from the mother ship. Consumers will enjoy the confidence they are buying a product from the biggest and the best in the industry.

- Jack

In Search Of The Perfect Hot Tub

January 3rd, 2012 by

It’s wintertime, the season of frozen lawns, iced over windshields, and snow blowers. Certainly, the winter months can get some people down; but if there’s one thing that can lift the damper from your winter blues, it’s a hot tub. Getting a hot tub is great for everyone; couples, families, bachelor pads, and even those in therapy – but buying a hot tub is a complex decision, and there are tons of factors that come into choosing the perfect tub.

Fortunately, this new hot tub comparison site lets you sift through over 100 different hot tubs, helping narrow down your options by what matters most to you. The free tool published by comparison engine FindTheBest, lets you filter through hot tubs by brand, maximum capacity, features, price, tub type, and more.

Looking for a smaller tub with remote control and Ozone purification? Just choose these options in the comparison and see which hot tubs meet your needs. Maybe you’re looking for a tub with lower water consumption and LED multicolor lighting – that’s fine too – just adjust the water capacity filter, and see what tubs pop up in the search results.

Finally, once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can even compare hot tubs in a side-by-side format in order to really get down to the details. Check out this side-by-side comparison of 3 Deluxe Hot Tubs:

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If you and your family are considering making a hot tub purchase, make sure to give this new tool a quick look. Whether you’re looking for a smaller tub that can be powered by a solar powered heater, or a larger party tub, it’s a decision worthy of some extensive research.

- Jack